Year R Spring Term 2

Dear Parents and carers,

Welcome back to school after a soggy half term. I am looking forward to the first signs of spring and some nicer weather.

Last half term was very busy after the Christmas break. Year 4 children were amazing ambassadors for the school on their residential at Fairthorne Manor, they were adventurous and keen to try lots of new things whether it was abseiling or carrot and coriander soup! Year 6 wowed their parents with some excellent monster dance and their gruesome Frankenstein writing. Year 2 showed their charitable nature and held a sale for an African Charity following their work looking at life in Kenya. Year 3 were exploring life at Hogwarts and producing some excellent newspaper articles and diary entries written as either a witch or wizard. Some even tried to write as Draco Malfoy. Meanwhile, Year 5 have been exploring what it is like in Space and writing some haikus about getting old! They are well worth a read. Year 1 have been busy learning about African animals and enjoying the drum workshops along with the Year 1 classes at Bedenham. Finally, Year R have been celebrating Chinese New Year and enjoying ordering meals at their in class Chinese take away. They have been practising their chop sticks skills too!

This half term promises to be just as busy! Please enjoy the newsletters blogs to read more about what your child has been getting up to and what is coming up for them this half term.

I look forward to seeing lots of you in school again this half term, your support is very important to your children.

Mrs Zoë Dudley

Head of School.



Dear Parents and carers,

The children have settled well after the excitement of February half term and have had an amazing first week back – book week! Thank you if you joined us for a successful breakfast book snuggle. We also saw lots of lovely book characters for dress up day.

We have lots to look forward to during this half of spring term. Mothers day is fast approaching and children are getting gifts and performances prepared ready for a Mother’s Day afternoon tea (Friday 9th March, 2:15pm). Following on from the children’s interests we are excited about visits from Mrs Messem and Miss Birks, they are kindly bringing in their babies. The children have been writing questions to ask, ready for their visit.

Easter is approaching quickly, the children will be looking at this in more detail and having fun with some craft activities.

Mrs Pringle and Miss Coleman



Book Week

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Wow! What a week it has been. We have spent the week celebrating books and exploring new authors. Each class has based their learning around a wordless book, exploring the illustrations to find the meaning of the story.

We have bought new books, dressed up as book characters and even met authors. This week we really have all put a lot of effort into reading for enjoyment and long may it last!

We would like to thank our parents who joined Ks1 for a book and breakfast and Ks2 for an afternoon tea and read. It was lovely seeing the children share a good book over a cup of juice and a biscuit. Here is what some of our lovely visitors said:

“It was lovely to come into the classroom and hear my child read. Nice opportunity to see inside Alice’s classroom. Good idea!”

“It was lovely to be able to enjoy some time in school with the children. Great to interact with the teacher and the children – 5 star!”

“Very welcoming. Nice to spend time with the kids. Great biscuits and squash .”

Our book challenge this year was to build a book in a box and by Friday, our hall was filled with them. A lot of thought, time and creativity clearly went into showing favourite characters and settings from the children’s chosen books. Well done to our winners: Indi, Oscar, Georgie, Jessica, Leon, Jazzmine, Donna, Alisha, Ella-May, Ollie and Xander!

Our assembly was quite extraordinary on Friday with a hall packed with princesses, superheroes, wizards, villains and even our very own dictionary! The teachers took their time to have a good look at the characters and choose a winner from each phase. Well done to our winners Tyler, Katie and Holly!

Good Learners Assembly – January 26th!

This week, children across Holbrook received awards for their hard work in  subjects across the curriculum. A big thank you to all of the parents who came along to good learners today, to make the event even more special for the children.

This excellent work included some superb poetry on Michael Rosen’s Chocolate Cake poem – watch it here! Other children were presented with certificates for their writing of an African folk tale, including using unknown words and not giving up! Some children had even done further writing work at home to consolidate their Year 6 work, showing great dedication. Other children completed writing based on the Piano work in Year 5, while children in KS1 were presented with awards for being welcoming to children from Bedenham who joined pupils for an African drumming concert!

At the same time, other children were awarded certificates for their reading at home…

Bronze Reading Certificates were awarded to: Layla S, Maisie A and Liam H

Silver Reading Certificates were awarded to: William G


Housepoints this week were won byHawking (Red) = 423 points

Attenborough (Green) = 275 points

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Aderin-Pocock (Blue) =  375 points

Turing (Yellow) = 325 points

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Bridgemary Library Visit

World Nursery Rhyme Week

Last week was ‘World Nursery Rhyme Week’ and to really make the most of it the children in Seahorse and Starfish class visited Bridgemary Library to have a ‘rhyme time’ session. This included singing some of our favourite nursery rhymes and listening to a rhyming story with Carol, a library volunteer.


The children we very sensible when walking to and from the library and members of the public had commented on how well behaved the children were.

Some of the children’s favourite nursery rhymes throughout the week were:  Lavenders blue, wind the bobbin up and sing a rainbow. They enjoyed learning the makaton actions to go with this.

-Miss Coleman & Mrs Pringle

Good Learners Assembly~ Friday 3rd November

This morning, the school celebrated good learners from across Holbrook, who have shown excellent learning skills in lessons, including the school’s transformers of Resilience, Collaboration, Stickability and Knowing Yourself.

Certificates were presented to children for continuing to stick at their writing, working collaboratively for a joint writing outcome and researching topics outside of school in their own time. Other children received certificates for their careful thinking skills, explaining their thoughts and for their superb work with their phonics. Two children received certificates for their excellent poetry and others were awarded certificates for their success in the recent table tennis ball, game, macrotournament. 

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